Near Fairfax in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Chantilly - Ox Hill
The ensuing battle raged on for a little less than three hours terminating in ferocious hand-to-hand combat in a violent late afternoon thunderstorm.
Tactically the battle ended in a stalemate leaving approximately 610 dead or wounded Union and 501 Confederate troops on the field. Union forces, however, suffered the greater loss when Major General Issac I. Stevens was shot and fatally wounded while leading the 79th New York against Hay's Louisiana and Thomas' 49th Georgia Brigades. Major General Philip Kearny, in an attempt to fill a suspected void in Stevens' line, moved out in front of the 21st Massachusetts Brigade and into the eastern edge of a cornfield where he encountered troops, presumably the 49th Georgia, who took issue with his presence within their line and killed Kearny as he attempted to escape.
The battle ended the hostilities of Second Manassas and set into motion General Robert E. Lee's excursion into Maryland and the bloody Battle of Antietam.
Contributed by Dennis W. King.
Location. 38° 51.999′ N, 77° 22.043′ W. Marker is near Fairfax, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Fairfax Towne Center west of West Ox Road (Virginia Route 608), in the median. Touch for map. The Fairfax Towne Center roadway continues east across the intersection with West Ox Road as Legato Road. Marker is in this post office area: Annandale VA 22003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Ox Hill ( approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Ox Hill ( approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Ox Hill ( approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Ox Hill ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Maryland (Antietam / Sharpsburg) Campaign ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
More about this marker. Fairfax Towne Center is the roadway entrance to the shopping center of the same name, which is in the southwest corner of the intersection of West Ox Road and Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (U.S. Route 50). The roadway widens and loops around a small park. The marker faces West Ox Road.
Also see . . .
1. The Thunderstorm and the Battle of Ox Hill. (Submitted on February 19, 2006.)
2. Tempest at Ox Hill: The Battle of Chantilly. By David A. Welker. Amazon.com page allows you to look inside this 2003 book. (Submitted on February 19, 2006.)
3. Battle of Chantilly, or Ox Hill. Civil War Preservation Trust resource page for the battle. Includes an animated map. (Submitted on September 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Civil War
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,789 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.